Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kilovictorhotel, Nov 17, 2008.
Thought some might be interested in this recent story.....kvh
Forget the Navy bring in the Coast Guard, fighting pirates since 1790
I remember sailing through some "shady" parts during my time on oil tankers and thanking my lucky stars when we were away. A fully laden oil tanker is definately a fairly easy target for pirates. When fully loaded the distance between the water and deck (freeboard) is not nearly as high as that of a container ship or other types of ships. This makes it easier for the pirates to get on deck.
But what would they do with a ship that size? Correct me if I'm wrong, but you cant just stick that size ship into some no-name port off the Somali coast?......or can you???
Is it worth a couple million in quick ransom just so the ship is not mismanaged bringing her into port?
Ransom for the crew, especially.
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